Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra

Fall Session Announcement

MAYSO is back! In place of our regular ensembles, MAYSO will be offering chamber ensembles this fall. Chamber ensembles will be comprised of fewer than 9 musicians who will meet weekly to prepare music for our fall concert. Chamber music is a great way to build your musical skills and develop habits that will benefit you in a larger ensemble.

Are you or someone you know interested in joining?!

First, fill out our registration form. Then, go to our Placement Auditions page for details on how to make and submit your video audition.

Questions? Contact David Stordalen, Executive Director at info@mayso.net

QUICK INFO:

Where: Holy Rosary School, 546 Grant Ave, North Mankato, MN 56003

When: 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Rehearsals last 30 or 45 minutes

Cost: $100 for the session. Scholarships are available.

The health and safety of MAYSO's students and their families are of the utmost importance. Please learn about the policies we have enacted to minimize the risk posed by the coronavirus.

Events

Video Audition Deadline

Sunday, September 6

Auditions submitted after Sunday, September 6 will be considered on a case by case basis. More details on auditions can be found on our Placement Auditions page.

Questions? Contact David Stordalen, Executive Director at info@mayso.net

Fall Session Rehearsals Begin

Sunday, September 13 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Holy Rosary Parish Center, 546 Grant Ave, North Mankato, MN 56003

Fall Concerts

Saturday, November 7 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Holy Rosary Parish Center, 546 Grant Ave, North Mankato, MN 56003

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestras is to educate young musicians in a professional symphony atmosphere, to give opportunity to perform a wide variety of symphonic music, and to provide a variety of music education formats. It is our purpose to help prepare the young musician for participation in the world of symphonic music, either as a professional musician or as a patron of the arts.

The Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra has been presenting concerts in our communities and teaching students for 54 years.

We now offer several unique opportunities for students to play music including Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic, North Star Strings, Chamber Orchestra, Summer Orchestra, and Summer Jazz.

Ensembles

North Star Strings

North Star Strings (NSS) is an introductory orchestra for students and prepares them for YP. The goal of this ensemble is to introduce students to ensemble playing and help develop note reading. Students in this orchestra will have been playing for 1-3 years in lessons.

Youth Philharmonic

Youth Philharmonic (YP) is the preparatory orchestra for the Symphony Orchestra. YP students should expect to see challenging key signatures (up to 4 flats/sharps), challenging rhythms, and shift into higher positions. These students will typically be in Suzuki books 3-5 or the equivalent and have been playing for 3-6 years.

Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) is our most advanced orchestra offering. These students will typically be in Suzuki books 5 and above and piece difficulty will be in the 4 and above range. Think college level music.